WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today criticized the new proposal offered by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to close the terrorist prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).


“Time and again, the American people have overwhelmingly made known their desire to keep terrorist detainees out of the United States,” Inhofe said.  “Unfortunately, President Obama and now Senator Graham have chosen to ignore that message.  Yes, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 9/11 conspirators should be tried in a military tribunal, but not because of a backroom deal to close Gitmo.  They should be tried in a military tribunal because it is the right venue, and because we do not want them tried or incarcerated in the United States."


“Don’t be fooled.  If anyone tells you they do not want terrorist detainees in the United States, but they want to close Gitmo, they are being disingenuous.  Closing Gitmo will result in terrorist detainees being sent to U.S. soil, gaining U.S. Constitutional rights reserved for our citizens and increasing risk of terrorist activity in this country.  Gitmo is a valuable asset to this nation.” 


Inhofe continued, “The attacks leading up to 9/11 were not the result of holding detainees at Gitmo, the attacks of 9/11 were not a result of holding detainees of Gitmo, and the repeated attempts to attack the United States are not the result of holding detainees at Gitmo.”